Traditional West African Instruments

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Traditional West African Instruments - Quiz

Test your knowledge of traditional West African Instruments!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of below instruments are NOT African?

    • A.

      Djembe

    • B.

      Didgeridoo

    • C.

      Gankogui

    • D.

      Kora

    • E.

      Bongos

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Didgeridoo
    E. Bongos
    Explanation
    The Didgeridoo is from Australia and the Bongos from Latin America.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following instruments is NOT a drum?

    • A.

      Kpanlogo

    • B.

      Atoke

    • C.

      Gome

    • D.

      Bougarabou

    • E.

      Kidi

    Correct Answer
    B. Atoke
    Explanation
    The Atoke is a bell in the shape of a banana.

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  • 3. 

    What type of instrument is the Atenteben?

    • A.

      Flute

    • B.

      String instrument

    • C.

      Drum

    • D.

      Rattle

    • E.

      Bell

    Correct Answer
    A. Flute
    Explanation
    The Atenteben is a bamboo flute, very popular in Ghana.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following drums are traditionally rope-tuned?

    • A.

      Djembe

    • B.

      Kpanlogo

    • C.

      Gome

    • D.

      Bougarabou

    • E.

      Dunun

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Djembe
    E. Dunun
    Explanation
    The Kpanlogo and Bougarabou are tuned with pegs and the Gome has a built-in tuning mechanism.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following drums are part of the Dunun bass drum set?

    • A.

      Doundounba

    • B.

      Dondo

    • C.

      Sangban

    • D.

      Tamalin

    • E.

      Kenkeni

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Doundounba
    C. Sangban
    E. Kenkeni
    Explanation
    The Doundounba is the largest, the Sangban the medium and the Kenkeni the smallest of the dunun set.
    The Dondo is a talking drum and the Tamalin a frame drum.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following Ewe drums is the tallest one?

    • A.

      Kidi

    • B.

      Sogo

    • C.

      Atimevu

    • D.

      Kaga

    • E.

      Krobota

    Correct Answer
    C. Atimevu
    Explanation
    The Atimevu is with 4-5 feet the tallest drum.

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  • 7. 

    How is the Gome to be played?

    • A.

      With sticks

    • B.

      With hands only

    • C.

      With one hand and a stick

    • D.

      With hands and feet

    Correct Answer
    D. With hands and feet
    Explanation
    While the Gome is played with the hands, the pitch can be changed by pressing the feet against the skin.

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